Thursday, October 24, 2013
Artist of the Day: Oneohtrix Point Never
R Plus Seven sees Lopatin take a small hop away from the tightly held structure of Replica and back to the world of broad-brush, formless compositions. His mix of rhythmic samples and ambient aesthetic stays much the same here, but the contrast is far more harsh. This is most evident in "He She," which sees sharp, punchy vocal samples falling on a far more serene backdrop. The album sees these two elements of his music slowly intertwine, till he explodes in "Still Life" with a blend of angelic sighs and uncharacteristically extroverted rave influences.
It may not be his best album when taken as a whole, but for such a monumentally well regarded musician to still hold form after a string of exceptional releases is both impressive and something we should be incredibly thankful for.